The book Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman is the follow up to his previous book Emotional Intelligence, a really profound and deep read. However this is also a challenging read which reflects Goleman 'a academic writing style. So if you're looking to improve your English reading and writing skills, this book is for you!
In this book, Goleman explains the importance of social intelligence, and how it is often overlooked in society that places an utmost importance on IQ. Emotional and social intelligence are more important predicators of success and well-bing.
In an ever increasingly disconnected world, there is an increasing need for people with emotional and social intelligence, so it pays off greatly to cultivate it.
Social intelligence to put it simply, is our ability to understand other people's words and emotions. Empathy and compassion plays a vital role in social intelligence, and are important traits to cultivate to have healthy relationships.
Our social relationships has a much closer link to our biology than we think. Emotion contagion, the spreading of emotion is a real thing, and has a neurological basis. Toxic relationships are as detrimental to our health as smoking or drinking, and healthy relationships are highly nourishing.
Hence Goleman urges us all to take social responsibility, to have compassion and look out for others, as we are all interconnected for better or worse.
In this book, social intelligence is shown to apply to virtually every setting; from relationships, work, teaching a much more. Making this book an invaluable read for everyone.
This book is definitely going into the Nerd's Bookshelf, and a highly recommended read!